MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

DAY 42 ETA: MAY 22 AIMING FOR 10-11 AM. very little wind, nice and sunny 120 miles to go

20 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
david
THE PARTY After one leaves the Turks and Caicos Islands in the south, one must travel over 400 miles north before it is possible to turn left to the US mainland and points west. There, between Eleuthera and the tip of Great Abaco Island , aptly named "Hole in the Wall", is the NE Providence Channel. That channel at its narrowest point is barely 18 miles wide. Well, last night, it seemed everybody needed to turn left there, cross there, turn right there or...maybe simply be there. Shearwater and me amongst that throng. From the magnificently lit cruise ships, to the endless line of supertankers, to small private yachts, we almost stood in line to get through that 'hole in the wall' and, all in the black of night. My radar alarm clanged constantly, with my usual 12 mile radius of safety changing to 10 then to 8 and finally forcing me to accept barely a 1 mile radius of protection. The VHF radio was in hot use by all, with one boat consulting, bargaining with another as to how and who is to navigate when and where: 'Ok, I will cross your stern, if you point slightly more north and reduce your speed'... 'ok Roger that...but you slightly turn west.' Imagine! It was a veritable party out here.

Well, dawn finally came and after my one hour sleep, I came up the companionway expecting to see the all the revelers of last night. NOTHING - not a ship, not a tanker, not a yacht...all gone...leaving only the quiet, windless expanse of empty ocean. Where on earth had they all disappeared to? Well, I guess the party was over.

And, Im wondering if there's another party tonight!

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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida